Maitland council foresees a bold and bright economic future


Everything from sustainability and smart cities to education and innovation are set to be explored at Maitland City Council’s highly anticipated Future Maitland Forum this week.

Billed as an inspiring evening, filled with engaging ideas and thrilling storylines, the event – ​​at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery on Wednesday August 31 from 5.30pm – will be presented by keynote speaker James Tuma.

An accomplished urban thinker, strategist and sustainability advocate, the Future State group director will serve as a guide through a series of circumstances designed to get the mind working and the creative juices flowing.

“As a team of strategists and forward-looking thinkers, we are delighted to partner with Maitland City Council to help spark creative ideas among Maitland communities,” said Mr Tuma.

“We live in unprecedented times marked by profound social, economic and technological changes.

“Now is an opportunity for us to come together with concepts for how we might live, work, learn, play and move between locations in the Maitland of the future.

“Ideas are more creative and powerful when generated by people who experience them every day.”

A free event for all ages, Future Maitland will be part of a wider conversation between the council and

the community as Maitland City shapes an economic development strategy, which reflects the needs and views of local business, industry and community stakeholders.

“This is the first leg of a journey the council will undertake over the next 12 to 18 months as we map Maitland’s economic landscape going forward, centered on themes such as smart cities and the innovation,” said Caroline Booth, Towns and Visitor Economy Coordinator. .

“Future Maitland is an opportunity for residents to join forces, learn about the possibilities the future holds, and be part of that conversation with council from day one.

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